Helpful Links for People Who Are Transgender

Support

A guide for young trans people in the UK

This booklet, by a group of young trans people aged between 15 and 22 in conjunction with Gendered Intelligence aims to offer information to young people so as to help clarify some of their questions and offer them language to express themselves.

AlbertaTrans.org

A nexus for transgendered persons regardless of where they may be on the continuum.

AlterHéros

AlterHéros is an incorporated non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the social and community integration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth.

Bereavement: A guide for Transsexual, Transgender people and their loved ones

This booklet has been produced to assist bereaved trans people or friends, or the family of a trans person who has died. It will also inform professionals to understand the particular needs of trans people in the circumstances of death.

Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition

Health and support information

Centre for Gender Sanity (USA)

Support and information

Centre for Gender Sanity: Tips for People Planning to Transition at Work (USA)

Useful tips

Complications of Transgender Caregiving: American Society on Aging

Egale Canada

Egale Canada advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified people, and their families, across Canada.

Fraser Valley Youth Society

Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning youth and their allies

Gender Talk (USA)

All things gender

I think I might be Transgender. Now what do I do?

LGBT Elder Abuse

Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Resource Sheet

Lynn Conway

Resources and information for trans people

NS Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Youth Project

Serving lesbian gay bisexual and transgender youth and their allies across Nova Scotia

Our Trans Children

An introduction to trans issues suitable for parents, family members and friends, as well as employers, counselors and anyone else interested

Pride Centre of Edmonton

Providing services related to, arts, recreation, education, social services, and health for, and by, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons and their families

QMUNITY

QMUNITY is BC’s leading queer resource centre. It delivers many vital social services and programs to LGBTQ people of all ages.

Queer West Arts & Culture Centre

Queer West Toronto Ontario produces performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public's understanding and appreciation of performing arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops.

Rainbow Resource Centre

Serving Manitoba's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited communities

Saskatchewan Resources for Sexual Diversity

A guide to a variety of materials available in Saskatchewan concerning gender and sexual diversity

Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders

The world's oldest and largest organization dedicated specifically to meeting the needs of aging GLBT persons

Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

British Medical Association Equal Opportunities Committee, 2005.

SOY: Supporting Our Youth

An exciting, dynamic community development project designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto

TGForum

Forum by and for transgender folks - "all the news you want... all the information you need."

The 519

Information and support programs for Toronto's GLBTT2IQQ population

The Avenue Community Centre

The Centre provides a supportive place for people in our community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, family and marital status, nationality, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age or income and social status.

The International Foundation for Gender Education

We promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Straight, Butch, Femme, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youthline

1-800-268-9688 or out-of-province: 1-416-962-9688. A toll-free (Ontario-wide) peer support phone line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer and questioning youth. Have your questions answered by someone who's been there.

The Triangle Program

A safe, harassment-free, equity-based environment where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth can learn and earn academic credits

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Transgender Identity

This page links to an MP3 of a two-hour radio broadcast on transgender identity issues, including an interview with a mother and son who co-authored a collaborative memoir about the son's surgical transformation from female to transsexual male.

Trans Care Project

Comprehensive information to help transgender people, their loved ones and healthcare providers make informed decisions.

Trans Programming at the 519

A multi-service program that serves the transgender, transsexual and Two-spirit community, with a focus on lower-income, street-involved, homeless, sex-working and marginalized members of the trans communities.

Transgender Aging Network

Aiming to improve the lives of current and future transgender elders, and their significant others, friends, families and allies

Transgender Care

TransGenderCare contains a large archive of health information that we have written and compiled from our years of directly providing medical, psychological, electrology, and general health services to our transgender community.

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation

Dedicated to funding research and education about transgender issues to build a brighter future for all TransKids. Our children aren't pink or blue - but rather - various shades of purple.

TransParent Canada

A support network for the parents of trans children

Transsexual Menace

News, support, and links for trans people

TS Roadmap

For transsexual support and guidance through transition

UK Dept of Health resources on gender identity

An amazing variety of links, videos, documents, etc. about the Department's work on gender identity.

Youth Guardian Services

Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth.

Youthsafe.net

Youthsafe.net is the first project of the Youthsafe Resource Committee. As a committee we were formed to address the gaps in violence prevention services offered to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered and questioning youth in Alberta.

Academic/Research

Article: A Sex Difference in the Human Brain and its Relation to Transsexuality

By J.-N. Zhou, M.A. Hofman, L.J. Gooren and D.F. Swaab, 1997. Reprinted by The International Journal of Transgenderism

Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education

Providing a forum for scholars, professionals, and activists to discuss queer topics in education and the social sciences in the Canadian context

Cost of homophobia : Literature Review of the Economic Impact of Homophobia in Canada

By Christopher Banks, 2001. Rochon Associated Human Resource Management Consulting Inc.

Cost of homophobia : Literature Review of the Human Impact of Homophobia in Canada

By Christopher Banks, 2003. Rochon Associated Human Resource Management Consulting Inc.

CPATH: Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health

CPATH is the largest national professional organization for transgender health in the world. Our members are diverse, representing and identifying within the trans community – from medical students to social workers to psychologists.

Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People's Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination

Analysis and summary of a 2006 research project on on transgender and transsexual people’s experiences of inequality and discrimination in the UK.

GBLT Historical Society

Collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them

Homophobia and Heterosexism in Canada

By Bill Ryan, M. Ed., MSW., 2003.

Invisible Men: FTMs and Homelessness in Toronto

By The FTM Safer Shelter Project Research Team, June 2008

Queer Theory

Online resources integrated with visual and textual resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory, Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields

Science Daily: Sexuality Hard-Wired in the Brain

An overview of UCLA research suggesting as many as 54 genes are involved with genderizing the human brain.

The Gender Identity Research & Education Society (UK)

Developing Guidelines for Endocrinological Intervention in the Gender Identity Development Treatment of Adolescents (discussion paper). Enter site and select from sidebar menu.

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism: Male-to-Female Transsexuals Have Female Neuron Numbers in a Limbic Nucleus

Researchers from the Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam present their findings in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Trans-Academics

Discussion on gender theory, the trans community and its various identities - as a part of both the academic world and day-to-day life. This is a trans-friendly space and is open to people of all gender identities

TransGenderCare: A Sex Difference in the Human Brain and its Relation to Transsexuality

A comparative study of biological differences in the brain between transsexual and non-transsexual individuals

When a Person Is Neither XX nor XY: A Q&A with Geneticist Eric Vilain

Powerful, professional insight on chromosomal differences and gender development

World Science: Gene Behind Transsexualism Possibly Found

Swedish researchers identify a possible molecular gateway for early hormonal influences on transsexualism.

WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, HBIGDA), is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity diso

Religious Organizations

Please note, PFLAG Canada is a volunteer-run support group. We are not affiliated with any ethnic, political or religious organizations. We provide these links because they may be of help to some people.

Affirm United / S'Affirmer Ensemble

An organization of persons working through education and social integration for the welcoming of diverse peoples, especially the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the life and work of the church.

Al-Fatiha Foundation

Dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, those exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their allies, families and friends.

Brethren/Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests

Supporting all people as they seek to know God's will for their lives, including those open to same-sex relationships, those seeking a life of celibacy, and those exploring questions of sexual orientation.

Canadian Unitarian Council / Conseil Unitarien du Canada

The Gender and Sexual Diversity Monitoring Group of the Canadian Unitarian Council seeks to uphold Unitarian Universalist Principles in order to assist and support the safe and equitable representation and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and the

Dignity Canada Dignité

Canada's organization of Roman Catholics who are concerned about our church's sexual theology, particularly as it pertains to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons.

GALVA-108 The Gay And Lesbian Vaishnava Association

An international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender (gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, the intersexed, etc.).

Gay Buddhist Fellowship

Gay/Lesbian Baha’i Story Project

A web site where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Baha'is can chat and know that they are not alone.

GayChurch.org

An affirming gay Christian (GLBT) site dedicated to "Building (All) the Body of Christ in Love."

Humanist Canada

A not-for-profit organization seeking to provide guidance to individuals who do not feel the need for religious beliefs in their life.

Integrity Canada

A national network of organizations and friends working toward the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Jewish Mosaic partners with Jewish organizations, communities, and individuals of every denomination to create a world where all Jews are fully included in communal life, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Keshet Ga'avah (Rainbow of Pride)

The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews. Chapters in Ottawa and Montreal.

Lutherans Concerned/North America

A community of faith, modeling the gospel with the church and within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. Chapters in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

Metropolitan Community Churches

A worldwide fellowship of Christian churches with a special outreach to the world's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. Several churches in Canada.

Mormon: Affirmations

An international network of chapters providing an inclusive community of faith for GLBT Latter Day Saints and their friends and families. Three chapters currently exist in Canada: Victoria, B.C., Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

Presbyterian: More Light Presbyterians (USA)

A network of people seeking the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Society of Friends (Quakers) is a liberal religious grouping known for its anti-war stance, among other causes. It is open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and their allies.

Salaam Canada

An organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual and/or transgender, as well as those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their friends.

The Reconciling Ministries Network (Methodist - USA)

Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice

Healthcare

10 Basics of Quality Care of Transgender People

Concise and well organized advice for medical staff regarding TG/TS patient care

Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition

Health and support information

Gender Transition: Changing Speech

Produced by Vancouver Coastal Health's Transgender Health Program. For more resources see http://www.vch.ca/transhealth/resources/careguidelines.html

Halifax Regional Municipality - Capital Health: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender And Intersex Initiative

Information for GLBTI people and their families, friends and health care providers. "We are building capacity and strengthening relationships so that every person in our district enjoys access to primary health care."

Influencing Health – The Importance of Sex and Gender

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2012

Outlive Homophobia

Fifty-five hundred Canadians die an early death each year due to homophobia and transphobia. This site contains helpful resources to help you thrive, not just survive.

Sexuality and You

The ultimate Canadian web site devoted to sexuality education and information. Administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.

The National Coalition for LGBT Health (USA)

Committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals

Trans Health (USA)

The online magazine of health and fitness for trans people

Trans Youth Sexual Heath Booklet

Published by Gendered Intelligence in the UK, this helpful guide was written by and for trans youth 16-24 yrs.

Rainbow Families

Building Family Equity in Every Classroom

Same sex parents: Tips on advocating for your child in the classroom

COLAGE

COLAGE offers a diverse array of support, education and advocacy by and for folks with LGBT parents.

Families in TRANSition: A Resource Guide for Parents of Trans Youth

By Central Toronto Youth Services. 28.40 MB download - please be patient.

Families Like Mine

A web site dedicated to decreasing isolation for people who have parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

Family Equality Council (USA)

The Family Equality Council works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families.

Gay Parent Magazine

LGBT friendly resources for creating and nurturing your family since 1998

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Encyclopedia

An encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture, encompassing arts, literature, social science and more!

Gender Talk (USA)

All things gender

How do you parent a transgendered kid?

A Globe and Mail article published January 10, 2013.

LGBT Family Coalition

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-identified (LGBT) Family Coalition advocates for the legal and social recognition of LGBT families. We are a bilingual group of LGBT parents and future parents exchanging information, sharing resources and having fun t

LGBT Parenting Network

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) Parenting Network provides resources, information and support to LGBT parents and their families.

Opening Doors: Lesbian and Gay Parents and Schools

Comprehensive guide on supporting your child in the classroom. Produced by the Family Pride Coalition

Public Service Pride Network

Bringing together gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered public servants from departments of the federal government

The Family Pride Guide to Talking with your Children about Political Attacks on our Families (USA)

A guide to help families meet the needs of their children while facing public criticism against same-sex relationships and parenting.

The Gender Identity Research & Education Society (UK)

Transsexual? Here is some useful information on how to tell your children. Enter site and click "Information for Families and Children".

Trans Alliance Society

Support, information and education for B.C. residents who self-identify as trans, trans-allies, professionals, significant others, family members, and friends

Sport Organizations

Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association

Organizers of the annual Canadian Rockies International Rodeo (CRIR) - affiliated with the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) circuit.

Apollo, Friends in Sports

Apollo provides a positive and fun environment through sport and social activities within our community. We serve primarily members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered communities but are open to members of all communities.

Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association

An international gay and lesbian sport association modelled after a multi-sport governing body. GLISA's members are international sporting federations, continental associations representing sport teams and clubs and host cities of GLISA's World Outgames.

Homophobia and Transphobia

Bullying Canada - Youth Anti-Bullying Website

General support site - not LGBTT2IQ-specific - where young people speak out about bullying and victimization. One out of 4 kids are bullied, one out of 5 kids are the bully and 282,000 high school kids are attacked each month nationally.

Edmonton Police Service/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirit and Queer (EPS/LGBTQ) Liaison Committee

EPS/LGBTQ is composed of a wide variety of concerned lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, and queer (LGBTQ) and allied community members and police officers.

Montreal Youth Coalition Against Homophobia (MYCAH)

The mission of the Montreal Youth Coalition Against Homophobia (MYCAH) is to promote the social integration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans (GLBT) youth and to prevent the problems associated with homophobia.

Workplace Solutions

Centre for Gender Sanity (USA): When An Employee Transitions Gender (help for employers)

Useful tips

Out and About

Towards a Better Understanding of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons in the Workplace. A publication of GLBT Pride@PCH and Parks Canada.

Pride at Work Canada

Realizing fully inclusive places for the LGBT community in Canadian workplaces

Public Service Pride Network

Bringing together gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered public servants from departments of the federal government

To Our Allies: Everything you've ever wanted to know about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans issues

Basic answers to basic questions: an excellent resource for allies in the workplace. Produced by the CAW for its union members.

Workers in Transition: A practical guide for union representatives

Teachers' Resources

Beyond the Binary: A Tool Kit for Gender Activism in Schools

Is your school safe for guys who aren’t as masculine as other guys? Is your school safe for girls who aren’t as feminine as other girls? Is your school safe for youth who identify as transgender?

Questions & Answers: Gender Identity in Schools

Recommended LGBT-Positive Titles for BC Schools

A list of recommended books and resources addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues that schools are encouraged to have in their collection. Produced by the Vancouver School Board.

Religious Publications

Please note, PFLAG Canada is a volunteer-run support group. We are not affiliated with any ethnic, political or religious organizations. We provide these links because they may be of help to some people.

A Letter to Louise: A Biblical Affirmation of Homosexuality

A retired Baptist minister shares his understanding of homosexuality and God's love in this moving letter to a good friend and sister of a gay man.

Whosoever Magazine

An online magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians

Religion: Affirming Sermons and Meditations from Various Faith Communities

The following authors have graciously given PFLAG Canada permission to post their material online.

Please note, PFLAG Canada is a volunteer-run support group. We are not affiliated with any ethnic, political or religious organizations. We provide these links because they may be of help to some people.

A Letter to Louise - by Bruce Lowe

A retired Baptist minister shares his understanding of homosexuality and God's love in this moving letter to a good friend and sister of a gay man.

A Reflection on Brokeback Mountain - by Rev. Robert Oliphant, Eglinton St. George's United Church

From his Lenten series Reel Theology, Rev. Robert Oliphant provides a personal perspective on a film that has transformed popular culture.

A Reflection on Transamerica - by Rev. Robert Oliphant, Eglinton St. George's United Church

"When I met him, his name was Ray"...from the series, Reel Theology; a compelling memoir of friendship and transition with thoughtful analysis of the hit movie, Transamerica.

Celebrating the Rainbow Straight from the Heart - An address by Joan Wiley to the Unitarian Congregation of Niagara, Feb. 12, 2006

"What happens when the human heart is opened to diversity?" A mother shares the story of her personal awakening.

Eucharistic Prayer for Pride Week, 2005 - by Rev. Don Uhryniw, Centenary Queen Square United Church

Service of Prayer and Hope, May 17, 2006 - by Rev. Don Uhryniw, Centenary Queen Square United Church

This service was created to follow the Rainbow Peace March held in Saint John, NB, in observance of the National Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Multicultural and Foreign Language Material

Black Families and Friends Toronto: Love, Acceptance and Support Campaign

Black Family & Friends (BFF) provides support, education, & resources to Black LGBTQ youth, their families, friends, classmates, coworkers, service providers & allies through the Love, Acceptance & Support campaign.

Facts and Myths About Anti-Homophobia Education

Developed for use in Vancouver schools to address homophobia and the well-being of LGBTT2IQQ youth. Available in Chinese and English.

IRanian Queer Railroad - IRQR

IRQR is an international, non for profit, queer human rights organization based in Canada that helps Iranian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered refugees all over the world.

Making School Safe for Everyone

"Making School Safe for Everyone" was developed for use in Vancouver schools and speaks of school safety with homophobia and racism in mind. Available in Chinese, English, Filipino, French, Korean, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

Questions & Answers for Parents and Family Members of Gay and Lesbian Youth

Developed by the Vancouver School Board Pride Advisory Committee in conjunction with community partner groups. Available in Chinese, English, Japansese and Korean.

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